As a teenager there are a number of things on your mind, the least of which is varicose veins. However, with over 80 million people in the U.S. currently suffering from the disease, it is always important be educated to reduce the years of needless suffering if you happen to have them. Varicose veins are common - not just in older adults, but even in younger adults. In fact, studies have shown that varicose veins can occur in youth as early as 10 years of age. The reason that most associate varicose veins with old age, however, is due to common misconceptions about the disease.